For most travelers, 7 to 8 days is the perfect amount of time for a Greece trip with stops in Athens, Naxos, and Tinos. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 6 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Mykonos, Ios, or Chania. Keep reading for more inspiring Athens, Naxos, and Tinos itineraries.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 7-8 days in Athens, Naxos, and Tinos combined
  • Visiting Athens, Naxos, and Tinos in 6 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 9 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Mykonos, Ios, and Chania

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Recommended Itineraries for Athens, Naxos, and Tinos

Recommended Itinerary for 7 Days

Cafe in Naxos town
Cafe in Naxos town
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 3 Tinian Culinary Workshop Tinos
Day 4 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 6 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 7 Depart Athens  


Recline for a week in the less crowded parts of the sunny Cyclades with this seven-day itinerary. You'll start and end in Athens, visiting Tinos and Naxos in between. Tinos is home to time-honored basket-weaving methods and marble quarries that will take you back to the Classical era, while neighboring Naxos boasts an extensive agricultural scene and Venetian castle district ready to be wandered. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

Evening in Naxos town
Evening in Naxos town
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 3 Tinian Culinary Workshop Tinos
Day 4 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 6 Naxos Beaches and Villages Bike Tour Naxos
Day 7 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 8 Depart Athens  


Legend has it that Dionysus was born on the island of Naxos, so manage a revel of your own with this eight-day itinerary to lesser-known yet amazing isles. From your starting point in Athens, you'll first visit petite Tinos for a taste of Cycladic cooking, then onward to Naxos to spin past its sunny beaches before you return to the city. Read more

Extended Itineraries

9-Day Itinerary Including Ios

The Naxos Portara
The Naxos Portara
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 3 Tinian Culinary Workshop Tinos
Day 4 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 5 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 6 Ferry to Ios Ios
Day 7 Sikinos Island Tour & Wine Tasting Ios
Day 8 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 9 Depart Athens  


Take nine days to find tranquility in some of the lesser-known but no less soothing Cyclades with this itinerary. You'll start and end in Athens, ferrying out to Tinos, Naxos, and Ios for a different culinary experience on every island under the Aegean sun.  Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Mykonos

Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion
Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Welcome Dinner Athens
Day 2 Acropolis and Ancient Greek Mythology Tour Athens
Day 3 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 4 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 5 Ferry to Mykonos Mykonos
Day 6 Day Trip to Delos Mykonos
Day 7 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 8 Follow the Marble Route Tinos
Day 9 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  


The Greek alphabet is the oldest written language still in use today, so study up for your 10-day trip through Greece's history and modern influence. Go from up on the Acropolis to down to the Aegean Sea, circling through the Cycladic islands of Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos with temples, food tours, historic terraces, and more. Read more

10-Day Itinerary Including Ios and Syros

Boats at Naxos port
Boats at Naxos port
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens Athens
Day 2 Travel to Syros Syros
Day 3 Ferry to Tinos Tinos
Day 4 Tinian Culinary Workshop Tinos
Day 5 Ferry to Naxos Naxos
Day 6 Naxos Food Panorama Naxos
Day 7 Ferry to Ios Ios
Day 8 Sikinos Island Tour & Wine Tasting Ios
Day 9 Return to Athens, Sunset at Cape Sounion Athens
Day 10 Depart Athens  


These four Cycladic islands haven't graced as many guidebook covers as their glitzier cousins, but that just means there's more here for you to discover without battling hordes of selfie sticks. Take 10 days to tour Syros, Tinos, Naxos, and Ios on this itinerary, with pilgrimage sites, culinary experiences, and more. Read more

How to travel between Athens, Naxos, and Tinos

How to Get to Naxos
Naxos is the largest and greenest of the Cycladic Islands and as such, offers experiences and adventures for all different types of travelers. Read more

How to Get to Tinos
The small island of Tinos is part of the Cyclades Islands, the same cluster that is home to Santorini and Mykonos. If you're coming from Athens, head to the port of Piraeus and take the ferry to Tinos, which takes as little as 2 hours. Read more